REVIEW BY BRANDY! STUBBORN HEARTS BY CAROL RITTEN SMITH (@Crimson_Romance)

Blurb:

Beth Patterson and her two younger brothers are hiding from the law in the small town of Whistle Creek. Beth is committed to keeping her family together and she will do anything to ensure it. Anything.

When her youngest brother befriends Tom Carver, the local blacksmith, Beth worries the truth will fly out of the six-year-old’s mouth faster than he can spit a watermelon seed.

Surprisingly, it isn’t the boy who invites Tom’s suspicion. It’s Beth herself, the night he catches her snooping in his barn with an excuse so ridiculous it gets him wondering just what she is up to. Intrigued, he takes it upon himself to find out. But instead of unraveling their secret, Tom becomes entangled in their everyday lives.

Beth knows the dangers of letting her guard down and soon she faces a most crucial and heart-wrenching dilemma of her life. Is Tom’s love strong enough to forgive her of her one felonious deed or will he condemn her?

More importantly, dare she risk everything to find out?

Review:

I am not normally a western romance reader and will avoid them if I can.  It’s just me. 🙂  However, when the author contacted me about reviewing her story, I have to admit that I was intrigued. 

This is a very well written romance story and the history is true and deep.  I read passages to my husband (who is a history nut) and he was impressed with the accuracy.  It is not often that you find a story that is rich in detail and develops with the book.  Beth is a complicated woman who is doing what she needs to survive.  As a teacher in a small rural area that is always going to be difficult.  Tom is one of those guys you want to smack and end up loving.  I love a story that combines romance and suspense.  It leaves me wondering where the characters choices will take them.  The author has created a beautiful story that captures the essence of Beth and Tom. 

I rated this story a solid 4 Bookworms and would love to know what you guys think!

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW!! IF THE SHOE FITS BY AMBER T. SMITH (@Crimson_Romance, @Amber_T_Smith_)

Blurb:

Life isn’t a fairy tale… except when it is.

There’s nothing wrong with Ella Gibson’s life— it just isn’t very exciting, despite being surrounded by lingerie. Working for Cardiff’s top modelling agency should have been glamorous, but most of the time Ella is running around with memos and cups of coffee. It’s a far cry from living the dream, but skirting the edge of her fantasy life is enough.

Then comes the day when her cat starts to talk, claiming to be Ella’s fairy godmother. As if that weren’t crazy enough, the pesky puss becomes a fashion advisor and behavioral expert, too. Add an evil ex-stepmother, a hunk called Charming, plus a looming party-cum-ball, and you have all the elements of a classical fairy tale. There’s even a couple of ugly sisters—the fact that they are two gorgeous gay men being neither here nor there.

Ella’s not your typical fairy-tale princess though, and it will take more than a discarded glass slipper to get her man. It’s quite possible she may have to curb her enthusiasm for cursing a wee bit, not to mention her love of vodka. And can Muse, her surprisingly straight-laced feline friend, overcome her prudishness long enough for Ella to sneak a kiss or three with her intended beau?

Review:

This was such a fun take on a fairy tale story!  Ella is your typical Girl Friday, just trying to make her way in life.  With the help of her two male best friends, she succeeds but there is still something missing.  Enter Muse, her talking fairy godmother cat.  Muse is determined to help Ella attract the attention of her new boss.  Unfortunately after meeting Max Charming, Ella turns into the world’s biggest klutz.  Throw in a trip to Gretna Green, hot men in kilts and a drunk lady in a wedding dress and it’s a party not to miss!

Fun times ensue when bare bottoms and trips to the ER abound!  I can’t wait to read more from amazingly awesome author! 

Rated 4 Bookworms

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Author Bio:

Amber T. Smith lives in Cardiff, the bustling capital city of Wales. When she isn’t busy keeping her kids, her cats, and her lizards from fighting, she can generally be found dreaming up new plots for alternative fairy tales. Find out more at: http://cardiffellanews.blogspot.co.uk/. You can also find her on Twitter, and at her Facebook author page.

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BLOG TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY BY SARAH! In the Nick of Time by Sylvie Fox (@TastyBookTours, Crimson_Romance, #giveaway)

BLURB:

Hot nights, huge consequences.

Divorced and done with her dry spell, Holly Prentice is ready to get back in the game. But with two conditions: her future mate can’t be married to his career, and he has to have a couch. Nick Andreis loves his job, and his only furniture is a king-size bed. He’s also single, sexy, and six years Holly’s junior. Any guy this hunky and carefree can’t be serious about the future.

After one spontaneous and explosive night, Holly decides that her search for Mr. Right can wait. Nick can be Mr. Right Now.

Nick has waited years for Holly. Now that she’s dating again, he’s determined to be the only man in her life. He wants what Holly wants: forever. Convincing her of that won’t be easy, but Nick agrees—with fingers crossed behind his back—to Holly’s idea that they can be bed buddies until someone serious comes along. His plan: use the time between their passionate nights to convince her that he is the one.

Will Holly’s unexpected pregnancy change the rules of their games? Or can they both decide to play for keeps?

EXCERPT:

Something about the way he complimented her seemed more than superficial, but she didn’t probe it and scooted a few inches from him on the couch so she could look directly into his vivid green eyes.

“How’s your–”

“What are you–”

Their words crashed into each other, and they both laughed, dispelling some of the awkwardness. They’d been friends for years; she didn’t know why she was suddenly feeling uncomfortable around Nick.

“You first,” she said, pulling her hand back and rubbing both of them together for warmth.

He clasped her hands in his large ones again, rubbing them briskly this time. “You’re cold. Here, take my jacket.”

Before she could protest, he stood and removed the sexy-as-hell brown bomber jacket from his broad shoulders and wrapped it around her. He then rubbed her arms for good measure. His touch alone warmed her. Correction: his touch made her hot. She loved being wrapped in his jacket, even though she didn’t need it to keep her warm. As long as he was near, her body generated enough body heat to ward off the desert night chill. The jacket smelled of leather, saddle soap, and Nick. She couldn’t remember being this turned on just sitting next to, and not even touching, a man. 

Nick didn’t say anything. He just looked at her with something akin to longing in his eyes. Feeling the need to fill the silence, to look away from his smoky green eyes, the golden flecks simmering with something like desire, Holly started asking questions, talking about anything to dispel the awkwardness that had returned as soon as he touched her, again.

REVIEW BY SARAH:

Well, I have to admit this book was a bit more emotional than I was expecting. I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to finish it, to be honest. I’ll try not to give too much away as I explain.

Holly is sure of one thing – she wants commitment. She was marriage, a baby, a house, the whole shebang. Then Nick waltzes into her life and everything goes out the window. They are drawn to each other immediately. At least, until Holly gets pregnant. Nick, only 26, isn’t sure he’s ready to be a father, but Holly is overjoyed. It’s everything she’s ever wanted, but will Nick come around before he loses everything?

The story starts off fairly slow. There’s a lot of sexy scenes to keep you going but I did find myself wondering where we were headed. Then Holly gets pregnant. That’s when things got emotional for me. Ms. Fox does such a good job connecting you to Holly that for someone like me, who was abandoned when she was pregnant… Let’s just say I had very deep sympathies for Holly, and at one point last night I was so upset at Nick and identified so deeply with Holly that I was sure I was not going to be able to finish the book. It was just too upsetting. BUT! I will say this – I am so happy I did finish it. I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil the end.

Overall I’m going to give this book 4 Zs. It was really well written, the characters were real. I love the small details that really made Holly’s and Nick’s families come to life. There were a lot of cliches used, but I think that as Ms. Fox develops her writing style, she’ll become more comfortable with her voice and those will disappear. Great book! I’m adding Sylvie Fox to my list to read more of!

Rated 4 Z’s

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AUTHOR BIO:

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I write the kinds of books I love to read. The quirky characters in my romance novels experience angst, conflict, mostly great sex, and always get their “happily ever after.” In my mainstream fiction, ordinary woman experience angst, conflict, and occasional great sex, but they also get embroiled in struggles against extraordinary odds, and I don’t promise a happy ending. I also love thrillers, but I don’t write those.  I live in Los Angeles with my husband, son, and a whole lot of pets. When I’m not hanging out in Hollywood, I’m eating my way through Budapest.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW BY BRANDY! FATED SOULS BY BECKY FLADE (@beckyflade)

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Blurb:

Shamed investigative journalist turned tabloid scribe Maggie O’Connell convinces her editor to let her go to Minnesota to research alleged werewolf sightings. Her first night in the woods, she gets trapped in an ancient sleeping bag, unintentionally attracts the attention of a bear, and is saved by the most unlikely of heroes: the very wolf she had come to investigate!

When she meets horse rancher Aidan Gael in the town market days later, she recognizes his eyes as those belonging to her champion. He dodges her every attempt to get to know him but undaunted Maggie launches a campaign to win over the recalcitrant Aidan.

Aidan tries desperately to avoid her; he both fears Maggie and fears for her. Neither man nor beast can resist her curious mind and courageous heart. One kiss threatens to break Aidan’s tenuous self-control but furthers Maggie’s resolve. However, danger lurks at every turn. The curse Aidan fights to keep secret is only one of the obstacles that will test the strength of their bond. Together they will navigate the violence of both nature and of man in pursuit of their destiny.

Review:

I fell in love with Aidan!  Who doesn’t have a soft spot for a broken man that has the devil in his eyes?

Maggie is a journalist who was screwed over by her ex-boyfriend.  Happens to the best of us, right?  She takes a job, the only one she hasn’t been blackballed from, with a tabloid.  She is working on a piece about werewolves and is staying in the woods of Minnesota.  You can imagine that this hard-nosed reporter doesn’t really believe in the supernatural.  Imagine her shock when she is startled by a bear that lunges toward her.  Enter the wolf!  Beautiful and elegant the wolf manages to force the bear away and intrigues Maggie.

Aidan keeps away from the folks in the small town.  His secrets are kept buried deep and the loss of his privacy could destroy him.  The nosy reporter in town doesn’t understand that some things are left undiscovered.  Maggie, however, is like a dog with a bone.  No pun intended. 🙂  She knows Aidan is hiding something and she won’t stop till she discovers the truth.  When she sees the wolf in his eyes and the passion in his arms, Maggie learns where she has always belonged.  Can she convince Aidan that he can have it all?

Becky Flade has built a beautiful love story based on strong characters and lush imagery.  This story speaks of magic and traditions.  I also love the plot twists that come in the backstory.  Never saw how this story was going to go till it was there.  Love it!!  I am in awe of this author and will be on the watch for more of her incredible writing!

Rated 4 Kisses

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Author Bio:

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When I was little I thought everyone had stories in their head. I didn’t find out that wasn’t the case until kindergarten. I remember thinking that was sad; and that I should share the ones I had. I asked my teacher for help. I had her cut, fold and staple the paper into a suspiciously book-like shape. Then I drew the cover art and illustrated the interior pages. Finally, and most importantly, I dictated the text. And violà … a writer was born.

It took thirty years for me to get from that first attempt to being a published author. I think the road thus far has added some depth and experience to my writing. At the very least I learned I shouldn’t ever do my own illustrations.

A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters ranging in ages from college through pre-school, and a grandson who arrived on my birthday last year. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

I’d love to have you visit with me on my blog; at Facebook and Twitter; on my Goodreads and Amazon author page; or write to me directly at beckyfladeauthor@gmail.com.

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BLOG TOUR STOP! STUCK ON YOU BY HEATHER THURMEIER (@Crimson_Romance, @TastyBookTours, @hthurmeier)

BLURB:

If being forced to team up with reality TV’s favorite bad girl wasn’t enough, falling for her brother might just make this reality show a real nightmare.

Paige Anderson agrees to be on a new reality show called Treasure Trekkers, a show where contestants use handheld GPS units to find hidden caches filled with prizes, with her good friend Cassidy. But when Cassidy is unable to compete, Chip Cormack, the show’s producer, steps in with a last-minute replacement to be Paige’s partner – Zoe Oliver, reality TV’s favorite bad girl.

Jack Miles (aka Miles) is a mountain climber with the body to prove it. Miles convinced his climbing partner Ben to come on the show with him for one reason – to prove to Ben that they can still hike together, regardless of the fact that Ben lost his foot in a tragic accident. Miles isn’t about to let anything get in his way of winning – not even beautiful Paige.

But when Miles and Paige are thrown into an alliance with their teammates, working closely together leads to more than just good strategy. Can Paige steal Miles’ heart while surviving Zoe long enough to win the game?

EXCERPT:

“Welcome, everyone, to the first season of Treasure Trekkers, the show that will have you racing for treasures in caches hidden around the New York metropolitan area as well as the lower Hudson Valley.” He paused to smile for the camera a moment before continuing on. “You never know what surprise you’ll find in the next cache. Perhaps you’ll find money, or a fantastic trip for two. Maybe you’ll even find the keys to a new car!”

The contestants cheered. Even Paige who was normally pretty quiet and reserved cheered at the idea of being able to win really awesome prizes along the way without having to win the whole show. Even with Cassidy as her teammate, the chances of winning the adventure show were pretty slim for two girls who weren’t exactly athletic or outdoorsy. Winning a few prizes could go a long way to making Paige more comfortable in life. Her salary as a freelance graphic artist covered the bills, but little else. But at least she could take time off whenever she wanted.

“Speaking of surprises, we’re starting off the show with a big one.” Spencer motioned for Cassidy to come and stand beside him instead of off to the side where she had been next to Chip. “I’m sure most of you have already noticed that one of our teams of two is currently a team of one. But not for long.”

Paige felt her insecurity creeping up into her cheeks. She hated being the center of attention. Why had she ever agreed to come on this new show? Was a free trip, an interesting experience, and time spent with her good friend really worth all this?

Spencer gestured to her. “Paige has been patiently waiting for her teammate to show up and here she is with me. Cassidy, why don’t you tell everyone why you’re here with me instead of over there with your teammate.”

Cassidy glanced around the small gathering, smiling as she found the spot where Evan stood filming. Then her eyes met Paige’s quickly before settling back on Spencer.

“Well, um, there’s been a little change of plans.”

What change of plans? No one spoke to me about any changes and I’ve been here all day.

“I was supposed to run the race with Paige.” Cassidy caught Paige’s gaze again, her expression clearly apologetic for what she was about to say. “But I’m sorry. I can’t run the race with you.”

Can’t run the race? I can’t run it alone.

“And why is that?” Spencer asked even though he absolutely had to already know the answer. But America didn’t and neither did Paige.

How? Why? What could possibly make it okay for Cassidy to think she could abandon Paige at the last minute like this? Her chest tightened at the thought of having to run it alone. Or drop out before they even started.

Damn. Getting voted out in the third round on The One was bad enough, but now she was about to be kicked off in the first episode of a show where everyone was supposed to compete until the end. This wasn’t fair.

Cassidy looked away from Paige and back to Evan, a smile coming to her lips. “Because…

REVIEW:

Paige got her book and I loved it!  When Paige is asked to do another reality show this time with her best friend as her partner, she agrees.  I fun race-style show to win some cash and prizes sounds like some girl-bonding time.  That is until the show is about to start and her best friend can’t do it.  What happens when your nightmare becomes the person that you have to work with?  YIKES!

Miles is the type of friend that we all want to have, secrets and all.  He feels responsible for an accident and will do anything to set it right.

Heather is an amazingly talented writer and I have had the honor and privilege of working on a couple of her tours.  She will continue to be one of those authors that I hunt out to make sure I have read everything that I can!  She has a way of making you connect to the characters and I love that!

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AUTHOR INFO:

Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she’s not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather’s hard at work on her next romance novel.

“Heather Thurmeier’s hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love … and coming back for more!” ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!” –NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst

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REVIEW BY BRANDY! THE GARNET DAGGER BY ANDREA COOPER (@Crimson_Romance)

BLURB:

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

REVIEW:

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

This was a wonderfully written story.  I am still new to the fantasy world but I am impressed with how well developed this debut author has made this world.  I like to read stories that I can visualize in my head and this one allowed it.

I am not a huge Elvin fan, but I am anxious to see where she takes Brock and Celeste.  I recommend everyone check out this new author if you are a Fantasy lover!

Rated 4 Kisses

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY BY BRANDY! Together Again by Peggy Bird (@Crimson_Romance, @peggybirdwrites, #giveaway)

CHARACTER INTERVIEW:

Guess what, Kittens?  I was given the chance to sit down with Margo and Tony from Together Again to pick their brains!  Too fun!

Brandy:  Why didn’t you bitch slap the Asshole in the Blue Blazer??  Seriously, the douchebag needed to be put in his place!

Margo: Yeah, he did. But felony assault was the last thing I need on my resume. I’ve prosecuted too many people who do things like that.

Brandy:  How long have you been into Tony?   I know the wedding was the beginning but have you always been attracted to him?

Margo: I had a huge crush on him in high school, just like every other girl in our class. And that summer between college and law school when I was working in my uncle’s real estate agency? We hung out together a lot but he was so wrapped up in Police Academy I couldn’t get enough of his attention to do any more than hold hands. I thought about going naked in the alley behind our houses to see if he’d notice but, of course, I didn’t. After that, he got engaged, I had a serious boyfriend—it never seemed to work out.

Brandy:  What made you decide to move to Portland to be a DA?  I realize you were trying to escape but did you ever long to go home again?

Margo:  Long story short—my father. I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a prosecutor to make up for what he had done to pervert the law. But when I tried to get a job with the DA’s office in Philly I was told that no daughter of Kenny Keyes would ever practice law in Philadelphia, much less be a DA. The Philly DA managed to poison the well in other places where I applied, too. The only person who’d give me a chance was Jeff Wyatt in Portland. So, I took the job even though I didn’t know much about Portland. Now I love the city as only a transplant can.

Brandy:  You seemed fearless when dealing with Viktor at the meeting in the park.  Was your faith in Tony protecting you or you didn’t think Viktor would hurt you?

Margo:  At the time I thought it was because I knew I was doing the right thing but now I think it was because I had Tony backing me up. He’s always been there for me when I needed him.

Brandy:  By the end of the story, I can feel the love and passion you feel for Tony coming from the pages.  I got to ask.  Large Italian wedding or quiet-by-the-river simple wedding?   

Margo:  Please. (snorts) You think our families will let us get away with a simple wedding? We’ve given in to the inevitable and told our moms they have a blank check to do what they want and we’ll show up when they tell us to. They have St. Andrew’s reserved for Valentine’s Day—that’s the church where both Tony and I were baptized and took first communion. (Tony was an altar boy there for about five minutes until the priest fired him because all the girls giggled when he was assisting and distracted everyone.) Anyway, after the wedding, there’ll be a reception in the parish hall, same one where Mary Ellen’s reception was, and a wedding breakfast the day after at his mom’s house. Amanda and Fiona are planning a party in Portland when we get back. We do get to decide where we’ll honeymoon without any help. Once Tony builds up some vacation time, we’re going to Hawaii.

 Brandy:  Wow, that sounds like a wonderful wedding and honeymoon!  Thank you, Margo for taking the time out to sit down with me!  Now, it’s your turn, Tony!  I have to tell you that cops are hot!  What made you want to go into law enforcement?

Tony:  Hold that thought. What the hell, sugar? A crush in high school? Naked in the alley? When were you going to tell me that? Jesus, I know you like to think things through, but did you have to wait fifteen years to act? We need to talk. Now, the question—being a cop. I never wanted to be anything else. My dad was a cop. He was my hero.

Brandy:  How long have you desired Margo?

Tony:  My sister Teresa says since I was 14 but it’s probably that summer after her son-of-a-bitch father went to prison. She was like a balloon with the air let out. I took her down the shore every chance I could, just to get her away from home. She wore this bikini that was four triangles, two white, two black. Man, she was hot. Still is. We need to find a bikini like that for Hawaii.

Brandy:  I have to ask why you didn’t call Margo after the wedding.  I know you thought you would catch her the next time she was in town but the fact is, she is a beautiful woman and you may have lost your chance with her.

Tony:  She and her mom had left the reception by the time I looked for her after my nephew dragged me away. I called her mom’s the next day but Margo was already on her way back to Portland. No message. I figured she’d had second thoughts and we were back to square one, starting over. Again. And (grins) I’m more persuasive in person than I am on the phone.

Brandy:  Wow, where’s a fan when you need it!  How did you feel when Margo said the things she said to you before your Long Beach trip?

Tony:  I was pissed at her for being afraid. Then I was pissed at myself for pushing at her. Then I was pissed at both of us for being stupid enough to waste even more time after all those years. Being pissed lasted a long time.

Brandy:  It also wastes energy you could be using elsewhere.  Hint, Hint!  You have the absolute patience of a saint.  Did you ever want to grab Margo and shake some sense into her?

Tony:  Yeah, that’s me, Saint Anthony. Look, I’ve known Margo all my life. I know she has to come to a conclusion her way. I figured she’d get there in the end. I just move faster.

Brandy:  You amaze me with moving to Portland.  Not a lot of men would walk away from the familiar to start anew.  How did your family take the news?

Tony:  I know why Margo can’t do what she wants to do in Philly so if we’re going to be together, it has to be in Portland. My mom’s okay with it. The truth is, telling her I was moving to Portland was easier than telling her I was joining the police force only a couple years after my dad was killed in the line of duty. That was hard on her. I worry some about my nephew Noah. I’ve been the man in his life since his dad left. He’s going to miss me. We’re already talking about having him come stay with us for an extended vacation every year.

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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY BY BRANDY! Together Again by Peggy Bird (@Crimson_Romance @peggybirdwrites)

EXCERPT:

Deputy DA Margo Keyes is looking forward to this trip with as much enthusiasm as she’d have for a root canal. There’s the Philly summer heat, the high school reunion she’d rather avoid, and the speech she’d be giving as a last-minute stand-in for her boss. Mostly there’s facing high school crush Tony Alessandro. When she’d last seen the Philly cop, he’d danced her out of his sister’s wedding reception to a dark room where he’d kissed her senseless. If his nephew hadn’t interrupted they’d have . . . well, who knows?

Tony had disappeared on some family errand. She went home to Portland, Oregon the next day. She hadn’t heard from him since.

However, her homecoming turns out better than expected. The reunion and the speech work out. Even better, when she and Tony pick up where they left off in that dark room, the only heat that’s unbearable is what they generate in bed.

Margo returns to Portland wondering if she and Tony have started something she might not be ready for, relieved she’s put a whole continent between them to give her breathing room to sort it. Then his work with a federal task force investigating industrial espionage brings him to Portland. And an accidental swap of messenger bags on her flight home puts her in the middle of the investigation.

Tony wants her out of the way of the bad guys and focused on him. She wants to use a secret from her past to wrap up the case. And maybe avoid having to think about what’s happening between them.

They can’t both win. Or can they?

REVIEW:

I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for my honest review.  I love sexy, hot Italian men and this author nailed it with Tony!  Falling for the girl he grew up was easy but getting her to realize that what they have is special and forever, is not all it is cracked up to be!

Margo feels the attraction between her and Tony but as great as the passion is, she has trouble getting out of her own insecure head.  When they realize that a series of chance meetings have put her right in the crosshairs of the Russians, they  both realize the power of love.  Margo turns into a rock star when she convinces the man behind the threats that she is more like her felon father by trying to up the selling price of piece of industrial intel.  I was surprised at who else was behind this little conspiracy. 

Check out this great read and join me tomorrow when I sit down and interview Margo and Tony!

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Rated 4 Bookworms

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BLOG TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY By Shae! The Viscount’s Pleasue House By Suzi Love (@TastyBookTours, @Crimson_Romance, @suzilove)

Book Blurb:

Lady Chrissie Wellsby and her two country friends research dozens of rogues before selecting the notorious Viscount Hawkesbury, owner of London’s most exclusive and expensive brothel, to educate them in erotic seduction. The ladies abandon respectability and coerce Justin Tremayne into letting them visit The Pleasure House and to teaching them the sensual tricks mistresses and prostitutes use to entertain men.Though Justin believes three naive ladies will see the debauched romps in his themed rooms, cover their eyes and ears, and run back to their sheltered lives, he underestimates the desperation of abandoned women who imagine a wider knowledge of sex will keep the men in their lives at home, in their own beds. But despite watching several of their friends, men and women, perform raunchy acts at his brothel, the ladies insist on participating in the last of Justin’s infamous Sultan’s galas, held in numerous silk tents and outdoor bathing areas on his estate.Justin concedes to Chrissie’s demands only to gain information about his long-lost mother and sisters, but the world-weary viscount falls head over heels in love with his emotionally bruised pupil. He yearns for a wife, children, and an uncomplicated wife, but can he convinced Chrissie to take a chance and marry again? Because Justin never wants to leave her bed.

Book Excerpt:

Justin, Viscount Hawkesbury, stepped closer and in reaction the black-clad lady moved back. As if remembering her reasons for coming, she shook her head and moved that same pace forward. Not as close as before, yet near enough to appear fearless.

He sighed, and rubbed a fist across his aching eyes. “I’m fatigued, out of sorts, and my friends and I have business to conduct. Either join in, or leave.”

He waved towards the door, hoping she’d walk out and leave him in peace, but also hoping, ridiculously, that she’d unveil, undress, and stay. Because something about this particular woman was different. Something about her stirred his first true sexual interest in many months.

He smiled a little. “I’d still like to see a little more of you. I can’t even see the color of your hair.” He pointed towards her groin. “Top or bottom. Here, let me unbutton you,” he said, his fingers set to work on her top button, brushing the soft skin of her nape as he did so.

She flinched and held tight to the gaping neck of her dress with clenched fists.“Please. Listen to me. I’m not seeking employment.”

“Ah, then you’re simply a bitch in heat like all the others. Wanting a lusty tale to recount to your upper-class friends over tea and cake. Perhaps compare notes on Viscount Hawkesbury’s infamous prowess.”

Her quick series of breaths hissed and sizzled like water spitting on hot coals. He heard the girls tut-tutting nearby, but taunting, teasing, and arousing the lioness who’d dared brave his den so late at night had proved too delicious a temptation to resist. Only one more jest at her expense and then he’d summon the butler and a couple of strong footmen, and bid her farewell.

He turned, slowly and deliberately, and spoke to his two friends. “Gentlemen, which of you is capable of keeping your prick upright long enough to provide such a lusty lady with the thrill she so clearly came to my house seeking?”

Justin knew that in their heightened state of inebriation, neither Bart nor Thomas would be capable of servicing any girl tonight. And the Virile Viscount had given up such jaunts. The only business he involved himself in now was the palace and even then he kept a very low profile. By next month, he’d no longer own that either. His pleasuring days were finished. Investing in the rapidly expanding railway tracks and steam engines was far more profitable, and respectable, for a man who hoped to bring his mother and sisters home to live with him.

Thomas, red-faced, lurched to his feet. “I say, Justin, she seems like a lady.”

“Thomas, you should know by now, on the outside they’re all ladies. However, underneath they all seek the same thing.”

The woman flinched. Justin yawned, not bothering to cover his mouth, and then collapsed back into his armchair. Leaning his head back on the headrest, he laughed.

“My love, if you’ve better to show me than them, do as I’ve asked. Undress!”

She muttered something that sounded like, “Rude swine.”

He laughed and indicated the empty space on the chaise longue beside Bart. “If you’re suffering personal timidity, at least take a seat and watch. Give the girls your opinion on what tricks attract gentlemen the fastest. What do you do to entice a man?”

Her hands fisted at her sides but she stood her ground. “I realize you’re amusing yourself at my expense, but I give you fair warning, my lord. If you continue with these childish taunts and force me to leave without letting me speak to you, in private, you’ll regret it later.”
He pointed to the door. “And I’m also issuing a warning. Join in or leave. Perkins will show you out. I’ve run out of patience with the so-called weaker sex and the schemes and lies that women seem to delight in bringing to my door. ”

Bart spat out an uncouth curse while Thomas muttered under his breath, both scolding him for his rudeness. Disgust suddenly flooded Justin’s body and the heart he’d assumed was frozen in his chest clenched, hard. Despite being forced into unseemly money making ventures, the three of them had vowed to remain, at heart at least, gentlemen. They all needed to take their places in society, which was why Justin never usually entertained this sort of female at his house. Too many watching neighbors and too many wagging tongues in this respectable neighborhood.

Had he now passed the point of no return? Had the indecent acts he’d committed, all to either survive or earn his some of the ready, tainted his thinking to this extent? It terrified him that his morals were as lost as those idiots who assumed a title and riches gave a man leeway to be rude, arrogant, and even to inflict pain on those they considered inferior.

He’d picked out this woman and had intended on using her as an example, encouraging her to pass along his message to long line of societal whores who would continue to plague him. He wanted to stand in the street and scream and yell,“The Virile Viscount is finished!”

Behavior such as his here showed the arrogance he’d always deplored. Rude attacks on a woman were despicable, and it was especially ill-bred of him to tease and taunt what he now suspected was a well-bred lady. But he’d underestimated the woman’s pluck, or perhaps her determination to make herself heard.

“Be warned, my lord, I shall return. Tomorrow. Early. Very Early. And if you refuse to speak with me, I’ll haunt your house until you are prepared to listen to me.”

Her ferocious expression made him burst out laughing again. Bart wiggled his eyebrows in a suggestive manner and held out his hand to encourage the woman to take a seat on the thigh of the woman he still held.

“I like her, Justin. Can I have her?”

“Feel free, Bart. If you dare! Though I suspect Thomas is correct. I’ve come to the unwilling, and unfortunate, conclusion that she’s not here to audition for the Harem.”

“Certainly not.” Her tone was icy. “I’m offering you an exchange. Your skill in tutoring my friends in return for information.”

“Regrettably, my services are no longer for hire.”

She inhaled so sharply he swore her ribs vibrated. Then she made her announcement.“If I leave this room, I’ll take with me what may be your last chance to see your mother. Alive, at any rate.”

REVIEW:

My first thought after reading this book was “wow!”  I will admit that in the beginning (the first couple of chapters), I was finding it a little slow. However, there was enough intrigue to keep me reading. I am of the “Tom and Jerry” age so the cat and mouse game is entertaining to me. Suzi Love creates the perfect cat and mouse game in this book. You never know who is going to get the upper hand, the Viscount or Lady Wellsby.   

I truly enjoyed a look into the “society” women were forced into; what characteristics were deemed appropriate for a lady. I found this book full of humor, lust, and romance. The characters were lovable and believable. Suzi Love pulled me right into the parlors with the ladies as if I was having tea and listening myself.

The further I got into this book, the more intrigued and excited I became. It is a great story of dedication and of course the sexual scenes are just “wow.”

 

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Rated 4 Stars

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Author Bio:

Suzi Love lives in a sunny part of Australia and loves to travel – anywhere and everywhere.

Her romances, ranging from sexy to erotic, are set in Britain, Australia, and the South Pacific, while her historical romances take place during her beloved late Regency to very early Victorian years. Best of all, Suzi loves exploring the many-layered and ever-changing aspects of society from the end of the Regency through to Queen Victoria’s very early reign.

Her titled heroes and heroines may appear to live privileged lives in and around London, but these strong characters challenge traditional manners, morals, and occupations, either through necessity or desire, and expose the seamier sides of tonnish life. Though Suzi’s books often have a grittier side, she tries to make history fun, one year at a time.

Apart from writing and reading, her favorite thing is traveling. She loves to visit historically famous places and speak with fascinating people and uses her research in her vivid and romantic books.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW BY BRANDY! COVET BY TERRI HERMAN-PONCE (@TerriPonce, @Crimson_Romance)

BLURB:

Covet is the story of threatening secrets, risky espionage, and one man’s discovery that instinct can be more powerful than reason.

All professional soldier David Bellotti has to do is steal a wallet from drug lord Zev Sahin. A simple operation to snag the key card to Sahin’s compound and hand the card over to the woman who hired him. But when David finds a photo inside the wallet of his lover, Lottie, kissing another man, he discovers his life isn’t what it seems and that the people in it are keeping dangerous information from him.

Ex-lover, Monica, is carrying the biggest secret of all. Determined to get David back into her life, her secret will become her strongest weapon against him. But protecting his love for Lottie won’t be easy for David. As images of Lottie’s murder start surfacing, David realizes he’s reliving ancient memories from over ten thousand years ago—from a life that’s linked to Lottie and Monica now, and that will once again end in Lottie’s death if he can’t find a way to stop it.

REVIEW:

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated.

OMG!  I really enjoyed this story.  I was a little lost in the beginning simply cause I don’t understand past life regression.  As you delve into the life of these characters you realise the intricasies and that fate has a hand in everything.

Lottie and David have been happy for a long time but a few months ago something happened that put a kink in their smooth sailing.  They began to experience past life regression and realize that they have spent lifetimes together.  Lottie is confused because the emotions and visions she has tells her that David is her soul mate.  However, she cannot deny the pull that she feels for Galen.

When David’s ex-lover shows up and connections are made to a drug lord, the seriousness of what they have been experiencing ramps up.  If you want to read something that is paranormal without the usual suspects, check this story out.  I can’t wait from more from this awesome author!

Rated 4 Kisses

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